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Camp Verde hit-and-run driver caught in Sedona

 Brandon Mandeville

Brandon Mandeville

SEDONA – A man who was being sought after a hit-and-run in Camp Verde was arrested May 6 after an extensive search led police to a Sedona hotel, according to a news release from the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office.

The suspect, 37-year-old Brandon Mandeville of Cottonwood, tried to break in to an occupied hotel room while fleeing police, stated the release.

Unsuccessful, the suspect then jumped from the room’s balcony into a tree, the release continued. Police were able to coax him out apprehend him.

YCSO said that Mandeville was observed by witnesses exiting a crashed van in the 2900 block of S. Salt Mine Rd. in Camp Verde around 4 a.m. May 4.

“The van, a blue 1997 Chevrolet, struck a fence and damaged a main cable distribution box.

It was determined Mandeville had a suspended driver’s license. The suspect left the scene, headed south and was later contacted by a deputy. After being informed he was detained, Mandeville ran and even though ordered to stop, he continued running out of sight,” said media relations coordinator Dwight D’Evelyn in the release.

“Mandeville had dropped a backpack prior to running which contained a scale with heroin residue. Inside the damaged van, numerous items of drug paraphernalia were found including bindles, syringes, scales, spoons, and assorted smoking devices, all with heroin residue. Also located in the van was jury duty paperwork and a receipt, both containing Mandeville’s name,” D’Evelyn continued.

Mandeville could not be located that morning.

Around 9:30 p.m. May 6, Mandeville was contacted by Sedona Police officers in the parking lot of the McDonald’s restaurant in the 2300 block of West SR 89A - and immediately fled, said YCSO.

According to the release, he ran to a nearby hotel and gained access to the roof before making his way to the balcony of a hotel room.

“The Sedona officers, who were aware deputies were attempting to find Mandeville, contacted YCSO and deputies arrived in short order. At that time, Mandeville was visible on a second floor balcony and told of his pending arrest. Instead of cooperating, Mandeville began kicking the sliding glass door of the balcony’s occupied hotel room. Not able to get in, he ran back to the roof and then jumped into a tree,” said D’Evelyn.

Mandeville was eventually coaxed out of the tree and arrested.

The damage to the cracked sliding glass door was estimated at $2,000, according to the release. YCSO said hotel activities and guest movement was disrupted throughout this incident as deputies tried to insure the safety of patrons and employees.

Mandeville was booked at the Camp Verde Detention Center on charges from both incidents.

The court released him on a promise to appear the next day, stated the release.

He was charged with attempted burglary, driving on a suspended license, leaving the scene of an accident, criminal damage, resisting arrest, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

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